Thursday, March 31, 2011

Library Check-in

I thought that I would check in with some of my latest library observations.

Section that I see the most books being checked out from: Audio Books (for traditional books number one would be children's fiction, yay!)

Thing I see people doing on the public computers most: Playing online games (shopping online would be number two).

Question most often asked of the librarians at the reference desk: How do I get to the basement?

My favorite spot to sit: next to a window on the second floor (my old favorite seems to always attract someone that smells like cigarettes in the nearest chair).

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bull Dance

Just like Happy Gilmore, today I'm doing the bull dance, feeling the flow, working it. The writing flow that is.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I was in Boston this weekend.

I was appalled by some of the things I saw: Partying girls trying to take their clothes off in an elevator, people being dropped off at clubs in stretch Hummers and Escalades, and cars blocking an ambulance so they wouldn't lose their parking space.

Really? I mean, I thought I was in a bad teen movie or something. In a way it made me happy because it just solidified the fact that the choices I've made in life are right for me, but...

..a huge part of me was sad. Very sad. I'm in no position to tell anyone how to have a good time or what to spend their money on, but stretch Hummers? People are still doing that? In the world we live in? How do some people not realize how inappropriate that is?

This isn't a time for blissful ignorance. The excess I saw in Boston made me sick.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hockey and Pizza

Taking the night off from anything that has to do with my MFA program. Watching the Final Four online and eating pizza.

Simple pleasures. Go good guys!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Conflict of Interest

Just wanted to discuss something.

While in school, I'm supposed to be churning out all kinds of new material, right? And then I have to think about and revise all of that new material several times until it's polished, right?

So, what am I supposed to do with all of the new material I've been creating, like the cool picture books I've now got?

It seems to me that learning can take a backseat for a couple of days while I try to get a couple of these little stories published. The way I see it, even just going through the process of submitting them is a positive for the future. The more experience I have dealing with the industry, the better, right?


Tuesday, March 22, 2011


It snowed again. I thought that we might be getting lucky with signs of spring, but... no.

A positive is that the white blanket covering this old dirt road makes for an extremely relaxing setting for reading and writing.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Well, not really a vacation, but it sure feels like it to have the load that was Packet Two off my shoulders. I think the final tally was 67 pages worth of creative work, essays, and bibliographies. Definitely intense.

I just want to take a quick second to thank that beautiful woman you see hanging over my shoulder for supporting me while I work through this program. I could not have made it this far without her.

Jesse = SuperWife

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Two Thumbs Up!

The jury is in on Lupica. Two thumbs up for Million-Dollar Throw. The Big Field was pretty good as well.

I will admit that at first I didn't like the book on the left. I thought it was cheesy. I didn't think the things that were happening to the main character were believable. Then Mr. Lupica brought everything together and made me cry. That's right, cry. Because of that, I'm sold.

If you want a sports tearjerker, look no further.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


After becoming reacquainted with Matt Christopher's classic sports books, I am now reading the novels by Mike Lupica.

His book jacket says that, "Mr. Lupica has carved out a niche as the sporting world's finest storyteller."

This jury is still out.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Best Time for Writing?

I'm trying to figure out what my writing process actually is.

Should I have a set time for writing each day. Should I always write at 5:30am for exactly 2 hours? Should I write at 4pm for 90 minutes? Should I sit there until I have written 1,000 or 2,000 words? Should I aim to finish a particular scene? Or am I at my best at 10pm-2pm?

These are all questions I am struggling with.

Who knows, maybe I will always have no process at all. Maybe I'm just a write-whenever-it-doesn't-really-matter type of guy.